July 8, 2022 10:16 pm | by Samantha Santos
The Gatemen bats continued to stay alive against the Kettleers in Cotuit as they pulled out a win on the road tonight. Only 8 innings were played due to the lights, or lack thereof, at Lowell Park.
Gatmen pitching was dominant all throughout, but especially with starter Jonathan Brand (Auburn) who had a season high 7 strikeouts. In his 5 innings of work, Brand kept Cotuit scoreless while giving up only 3 hits with 5 consecutive Ks. Wareham’s pitching gave up only 2 runs the entire night, and did not walk a single Kettleer.
The Gatemen took an early lead with RBI knocks from both Owen Diodati (Oregon) and Chase Davis (Arizona), including an RBI double from Jack Housinger (Xavier) to begin the first 2 innings, bringing Wareham to a quick 3-0 lead.
The Ketleers would score in the home half of the 6th inning as Bobby Alcock (Gardener-Webb) came in to pitch. There would be 2 base hits and a sacrifice fly to score the first run for Cotuit of the night in infielder Brooks Baldwin (NC Wilmington).
The 7th had all the action any Gatemen fan could ask for. Cotuit would have to face the entire lineup in the inning, as every single starter made it to the plate in the 7th. There were multiple hit batsmen in Ryan Campos (Arizona St), Alan Roden and Housinger. Extra base hits came from Davis, and RBI singles from Max Anderson and Diodati. Despite the Gatemen leaving 3 men on base to end the inning, they expanded their lead 6-1 and loaded the bases multiple times.
Both teams would score one more run before the sun set and the game was called at the end of the 8th. In the top half, a leadoff single by Davis, a walk by Ryan Campos and Max Anderson grounding into a fielder’s choice would put runners on the corners. Disaster quickly struck when Diodadi was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Things went from bad to worse for Cotuit as Roden drove in Davis on his own HBP, making it back-to-back hit batsmen.
Cotuit had 2 singles to start off the bottom of the last inning, one of which would score as runners advanced on groundouts. It wouldn’t be enough, however, and the Gatemen went home with their heads high.
The Gatemen now have a winning streak, and the longest active one in the CCBL. They take on the Y-D Red Sox at home at Spillane Field. First pitch is set for 6:00pm as always.